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Grateful Dead Live at Hollywood Bowl on 1972-06-17

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Grateful Dead Live at Hollywood Bowl on 1972-06-17

Set 1

Promised Land, Sugaree, Black Throated Wind, Tennessee Jed, Me & My Uncle, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Playin' In The Band, Loser, Beat It On Down The Line, Stella Blue, El Paso, Casey Jones

Set 2

Big Railroad Blues, Jack Straw, Cumberland Blues, Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Ramble On Rose, Rockin' Pneumonia, Sugar Magnolia, You Win Again, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away

Pigpen's last show

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Hollywood Bowl
Location Hollywood, CA

Source (FOB) Shure Unidyne III -> Cassette Master (Sony TC-40)
Lineage Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1) -> Sound Devices 744T (24bit/48k) ->Adobe Audition v3 -> Samplitude Professional v11.2 -> FLAC/16
Taped by Dave and Jim Melton
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- Tracked by set, not by disc
-- Recorded By Dave and Jim Melton in Box 52
-- This is the complete show with the correct setlist
-- The tape starts off with Pigpen talking to the crowd
-- There is some minor vocal distortion but nothing too bad
-- Patch in The Other One due to severe level drop on master
-- I have also transferred and circulated the opening NRPS set
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction


Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2015
Subject: "watch out for the wires!"
This is a real nice vintage audio recording of a concert from the summer of 1972, shortly after the band's return to the states from Europe. Interestingly, there is also a fine audience recording of a great concert from 1974 at this same historic venue. Why did the Dead not play a gig at the Hollywood Bowl in 73, I wonder?

The recording is perfectly balanced between audience and music. Other than the goofball shouting "St. Stephen" over and over again between songs, the overall vibe is truly positive -- how lucky that audience was! It must have been a real nice day. There's plenty of ecstatic shouting and a minimum of "did you remember to feed the cat?" nonsense intruding onto the tape.

Highlights from the first set are the Playin, the Stella Blue and (I can't believe I'm saying this) the Casey Jones. The last two songs are greatly enhanced by Pig's excellent organ work (the Stella Blue, especially).

The second set is short but sweet, opening with a great version of Truckin' (that's where Weir warns someone to "watch out for the wires") which again features Pig's keyboard, nice and high in the mix. The Other One has some extended meltdown but also (as usual) some brief, beautiful ventures into Dark Star territory (always a good thing in 1972!). The version of Ramble On Rose is righteous.

During OMSN Weir tells security "hey, leave him alone" so there must have been some scuffling (probably folks rushing the stage). Maybe that's why the band decides to hang it up a bit early. Their call, after all. It's not as if they hadn't already delivered the goods.

Reviewer: sallymander57 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2015
Subject: I was there!
Crappy $4 bench seats way at the top of the bowl for the NRPS. During the break walked down right inbetween the UCLA football team bouncers and sat down in an empty front row center box seat for the rest of the show.
Ir was like the sea had parted.
Great show, Pigpen played the entire time, Keith wasn't there at all.

Nice to hear a good edited recording, last time I listened it was horrible.
Reviewer: Hung, Wae-lo - - December 9, 2013
Subject: Phil, not Pigpen, at start
That's Phil at the start saying, "Not anymore, man. You don't understand; bronchitis." It's my guess that somebody asked him why he didn't sing anymore, there wouldn't have been any reason for anyone to ask about Pigpen until after the show.
Reviewer: dmelton1955 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, 2011
Subject: Thanks
I wanted to publicly thank Charlie for doing such a fantastic job restoring this recording. Check out the splice he did at the dropout in the Other One at about 10:57. Getting front row seats I realized I had a chance to make a decent recording so with the equipment we had we did our best. I had always been looking for a SB of this show, but to no avail. Last year I found out that there was apparently no other complete version,so I decided it was time to share it. I'm really glad I did because now the recording is restored to sound as good as it was 39 years ago, and maybe even better. Didn't know it was Ron's last show until much later, so I was glad his organ playing was high in the mix. The sound of Garcia's guitar from his amp directly to your ears is what you are hearing, we were very close. I had never heard Stella Blue before, knew it was a new song but didn't know it was the first performance, and the only with Pigpen. This the only version I can listen to, it just doesn't sound right to me without the organ. Anyway enough rambling, and thanks again to Charley and for the nice words. This show, and 7-6-71 at the Hollywood Palladium are my favorites, both of which I was fortunate to attend.
As for the question about the group of people yelling to Weir about the hat, they had thrown a hat on stage, and it was lying a few feet away from him. It took 3 songs for them (a group in a box to my left) to get him to pick it up. He put it on for them for a minute, probably so they could take pictures and what not. Someone also threw a lit joint up there, and that's when you hear Garcia say "help prevent forest fires" as it was stepped on. I used to have pictures of all that but they were unfortunately lost.
Reviewer: thelegroom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2011
Subject: What a Treat
Thanx Dave, Jim, and Charlie. Not a soundboard snob here, generally prefer the feel of the aud recordings more. Very nice job with this one esp. given the era. Front row recording! Not always the best for sound but this is great. Pig's organ is very clear. He is what perked my ear to the GD. Definitely a presence missed. What's up with the crowd yelling for Bob and the hat during set 2? I am opening my radio show (KHSU) this week with China>Rider and Truckin thru Ramble On. Peace
Reviewer: Jim F - - October 15, 2011
Subject: Pig+Keith
Pig plays organ on this show, and is really rather quite prominent in the "mix" from what I remember.

This is one helluva upgrade for this show. I really like the Other One.
Reviewer: Pig Street ! - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2011
Subject: worth waiting for
This is another reason why I like this site, this is one of several AUDS that I have been waiting for an update of, THNX tapers and Charlie!

Yes Keith is playing, he started on their 71' fall tour which was broadcasted live on the radio. Pig was there I hear but did not play.
Reviewer: adks12020 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2011
Subject: I may be wrong but....
The keys sure sound a lot like Keith. Wasn't he playing in addition to Pigpen by this time?

And I may need to listen again but I hear Phil and Bob speaking in the Pig though.

Beyond that. I've always loved this show and I'm starting to take a liking to the better audience recordings from teh 70s..they just give more of the feel of the show despite the sound not being quite as perfect.
Reviewer: Tidewater four ten O nine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 10, 2011
Subject: We are blessed ...............
the embers of the Euro '72 box set are still glowing and now we receive an upgrade of Pigpen's last 'appearance' with the Dead.

I'll put my cards on the table and admit that I'm an 'SBS' (sound-board snob) with only occasional leanings towards those 'matrix' things. I normally stay well away from the dark side of recordings coming solely out of the audience 'environment'. But I checked this out as a matter of respect to 'The Great Man' and I wasn't let down.

It's a very 'easy to listen to' show - no horrors lurking in the background. OK, you know the era and so you know the songs and the style so I won't bore you with my interpretations.

The only thing I will say is that the first ('live') "Stella Blue" has added poignancy coinciding with ( the keyboards - who said he couldn't play? and) Blue Ron's last appearance.

The end of an era.

Thanks to all concerned - the band and those who recorded the show for posterity.

The only issue is how to fit it onto 1/2/3/4 CDs - sorry, I'm a bit of a 'Luddite' - not into mp3 players, DVDs and 'jukebox' CDs, etc., The answer, I suppose, being do all 2/3/4 and see which you prefer ......

5 Stars out of respect and, after all, it's not bad to listen to ........
Reviewer: CharlieMiller - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2011
Subject: Setlist
The setlist I list is correct. The setlist in the above description area is wrong.
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